Panama Holiday Explorer

Pack your bags and get ready for the trip of a lifetime through the most beautiful regions Panama has to offer. From the turquoise waters and emerald isles of Bocas Del Toro, to the beautiful colonial city of Casco Antiguo, this trip promises offerings beyond your wildest dreams. Guided through the eyes of local experts, you will have the chance to admire the highlights and hidden treasures of this beautiful, bio-diverse country. With the ideal blend of activities from cultural excursions and exciting wildlife encounters, to beach front luxuries, get ready for an unforgettable experience.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1: Panama City Arrival

Panama City Arrival
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Airport Transfer
  • Accommodation: Central Hotel Panamá

Welcome to Panama! After clearing customs and immigration, you will be met by a friendly representative in the arrivals area, and transferred to your hotel. (This service is on a private basis.)

Panama City

Welcome to the urban wonderland and cosmopolitan capital of Central America, Panama City. With bustling streets and modern skyscrapers, this vibrant metropolis is also the gateway to tropical hideaways. Worlds collide in this regional hub of trade and immigration, international banking and commerce. The refreshing blend and large variety of cultures that can be identified in this area, influence a dynamic and fluid atmosphere and outlook of the people. Whether you are spending your time immersed in the buzz of the city streets, the stacked shopping malls, chic clubs and lively casinos, or only passing through en route to a more tropical escape, Panama City has something to offer any traveler.

Day 2: Panama City

Panama City
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Full Day Panama City & Canal Tour
  • Accommodation: Central Hotel Panamá
  • Meals: B, L

Full Day Panama City & Canal Tour

After breakfast at your hotel, you will embark on a full-day tour of Panama City, including the Panama Canal! During the first half of your tour, you will explore the ruins of Old Panama, climb up the Cathedral tower, and visit the Old Panama Museum before continuing to Casco Viejo (the old city compound), dating back to the late 1600s. Casco Viejo is the Site of the French Plaza, containing statues of Ferdinand de Lesseps and other Frenchmen instrumental in the ill-fated attempt of the French to construct a canal through Panama. Along the way, your bilingual guide will describe the events in history, leading up to the eventual movement of the capital city to its present location.

After lunch, we will visit the Panama Canal Miraflores Visitor Center where you can marvel at the workings of this feat of human engineering by going through the four floors of exhibits. In the late afternoon, you will return to your hotel in Panama City.

Duration: 6 - 7 hrs.
Includes: Private transportation and driver, expert guide, entrance fees, bottled water, and lunch.

Day 3: Panama City

Panama City
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Soberania National Park Hiking & Jungle Boat Tour
  • Accommodation: Central Hotel Panamá
  • Meals: B

Soberania National Park Hiking & Jungle Boat Tour

This morning you will be picked up from the lobby of your hotel by your Naturalist Guide for a 45-minute drive to the town of Gamboa, where the Chagres River meets the Panama Canal. Here, you will board a boat and head off on an adventure across Gatun Lake in the Panama Canal, passing by monumental cargo ships transiting the waterway.

Along the way, keep your eyes open for Green iguanas, three-toed sloths, crocodile, ospreys, Snail kite, keel-billed toucan, and other wildlife endemic to the area. The tour boat will circle rainforest-covered islands, allowing you to observe and search for the Mantled Howler Monkey, White-faced Capuchin, Central American Spider Monkey, and Geoffrey’s Tamarin. After the boat tour, you will head to Soberania National Park for a hiking tour around the trails of the lush forest.

Duration: 5 - 6 hours
Includes: Snacks, Expert Guide, Entrance fees, Private Transportation

Day 4: Panama City - Bocas Del Toro

Panama City - Bocas Del Toro
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Airport Transfers
  • Transportation (Air): Domestic Flight
  • Accommodation: Playa Tortuga Hotel & Beach Resort
  • Meals: B
Domestic Flight
Panama City - Bocas Del Toro
Flight #: Air Panama
Departs: TBA
Arrives: TBA

*Each passenger is entitled to check in 23 kg of luggage on flights from Panama City to Bocas del Toro. If you want to take more luggage you will have to pay a fee.

Today, you will be picked up at your hotel in Panama City and transferred to the airport in good time to board your domestic flight to Bocas Del Toro. Upon arrival in Bocas Del Toro, you will be greeted at the airport by your driver and transferred to your hotel. (This service is on a private basis.)

Bocas Del Toro

The Bocas del Toro archipelago is a little slice of heaven on Earth. Not many destinations are able to maintain such a level of pristine natural beauty than here. The area truly captivates travelers due to its lush tropical vegetation, rich biodiversity, and unique ancients customs. An incredible variety of fauna can be discovered only in this part of the world, and offers the most spectacular opportunities for diving and snorkeling in the Caribbean ocean, among endless other activities. The dramatic landscapes feature postcard perfect views in every direction, which only add to the enticing effect the destination has on you. With an incredible blend of different races and ethnicities on display, the locals live in harmony between the indigenous, Western Caribe peoples, Latino’s and extraneros, for the ideal example of coexistence and multi-cultural respect across the board. A trip to Bocas del Toro will leave you feeling, relaxed, rejuvenated and wholesome.

Day 5: Bocas Del Toro

Bocas Del Toro
Daily Summary
  • Accommodation: Playa Tortuga Hotel & Beach Resort
  • Meals: B

Enjoy a relaxing free day to explore the area on your own. Playa Tortuga features a private beachfront pier and tropical beaches. From here you can watch dolphins or turtles, go snorkeling among the coral reefs or go fishing in the turquoise waters. Inside the resort you can enjoy the ocean view pool, a fitness center with massage area, and beach volleyball courts.

If you would prefer another adventure, please click on the drop down arrow in the "Additional Options" box below. This optional tour may just be the perfect way to spend your day and enhance your trip.

Day 6: Bocas Del Toro

Bocas Del Toro
Daily Summary
  • Accommodation: Playa Tortuga Hotel & Beach Resort
  • Meals: B

Enjoy another free day to explore the area on your own or add another Optional Tour, like the one described below.

Day 7: Bocas Del Toro

Bocas Del Toro
Daily Summary
  • Accommodation: Playa Tortuga Hotel & Beach Resort
  • Meals: B

Enjoy another free day to explore the area on your own or add another Optional Tour, like the one described below.

Day 8: Bocas Del Toro - Panama City

Bocas Del Toro - Panama City
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Airport Transfers
  • Transportation (Air): Domestic Flight
  • Accommodation: Central Hotel Panamá
  • Meals: B
Domestic Flight
Bocas Del Toro - Panama City
Flight #: Air Panama
Departs: TBA
Arrives: TBA

*Each passenger is entitled to check in 23 kg of luggage on flights from Panama City to Bocas del Toro. If you want to take more luggage you will have to pay a fee.

Today, you will be picked up at your hotel in Bocas Del Toro and transferred to the airport in good time to board your domestic flight to Panama City. Upon arrival in Panama City, you will be greeted at the airport by your driver and transferred to your hotel. We can arrange for a COVID test today to meet the requirements to return home to the United States (test cost not included) (This service is on a private basis.)

Day 9: Panama City Departure

Panama City Departure
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Airport Transfer
  • Meals: B

Although your Panama adventure must come to an end today, you will be leaving with new friends, amazing experiences and memories to cherish for the rest of your life. Once you have checked out of your hotel in Panama City, you will be met by your driver and transferred to the airport in good time to board your international departure flight.

We wish you safe and happy travels home! (This service is on a private basis.)

Accommodation

Central Hotel Panamá

Central Hotel Panamá

Central Hotel Panamá was built nearly 150 years ago in the heart of Panama City, facing the beautiful Plaza de la Independencia in Casco Viejo (Old Town). It was the first hotel in the country at the time of its opening in 1874 and quickly became a meeting place for intrepid travelers. Surrounded by lovely views, Central Hotel Panamá brings the essence of glamour to historic Casco Viejo. Each of the 135 guestrooms and suites is tastefully appointed with Panamanian-style furnishings, offering the perfect blend of colonial-era charm and modern comfort. Choose a room overlooking the Plaza de la Independencia and cathedral or the bustling streets of Old Town.

Playa Tortuga Hotel & Beach Resort

Playa Tortuga Hotel & Beach Resort

Make the most of the infinite tropical beauty in Bocas del Toro, with an unforgettable stay at the Playa Tortuga Hotel & Beach Resort. This beach front resort is the ideal place for visitors to discover the crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches, and abundant wildlife in of one of the most beautiful archipelagos in the world. As the leading hotel in Bocas del Toro, Playa Tortuga is home to the largest oceanfront pool area on Colón Island. A beach volleyball court, poolside bar, separate child and adult pools and a shallow-water tanning area, create the ultimate Caribbean paradise. When you’re ready to go exploring, simply walk to the end of the property's private pier and local guides will take you diving, fishing, dolphin-watching, snorkeling, surfing or hiking through unspoiled island jungles. A free shuttle can also transport guests to the colorful capital of Bocas Town, about five minutes away.

Pricing and Details

Starting from $ 8,360 per person

*Pricing is based on two persons traveling together, based on availability, subject to change.

Price Includes

  • Full support before, during & after your trip
  • Meals as mentioned
  • Accommodation as mentioned
  • Tours/activities as mentioned
  • Transport as mentioned

Price Excludes

  • International & domestic flights
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Entrance visas when applicable
  • Other services not mentioned
  • Tips and gratuities to guides, drivers
  • Taxes and fees

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